HONOLULU – Stranded cruise ships are at last finding safe havens to disembark passengers.
We are so very thankful to our Hawaiian partners and friends for their assistance in developing a coordinated disembarkation plan which keeps both guests and Hawaii residents safe and secure,
NCL’s Norwegian Jewel was allowed to dock in Honolulu where passengers were subject to enhanced medical screening prior to disembarkation and chartered flights home.
The voyage left Sydney on Feb.28 and was meant to be a 23-day Australia and French Polynesia itinerary. Before reaching Hawaii no-one had been off the ship since March11 after the ship was turned away by New Zealand and Fiji.
“We are so very thankful to our Hawaiian partners and friends for their assistance in developing a coordinated disembarkation plan which keeps both guests and Hawaii residents safe and secure,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.
“The spirit of Aloha is alive and well. We have been sailing the Hawaiian Islands for over 15 years, drawing well over 100,000 travelers to the state each year. We look forward to returning and to continuing to celebrate the culture, history and people of Hawaii.”
Norwegian Jewel was the last vessel in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet with guests aboard at sea. All ships will soon be berthed in ports around the world until a temporary sailing suspension is lifted.
Not so fortunate were 1,700 passengers on MSC Magnifica who were denied disembarkation in Fremantle, Western Australia, on Tuesday. The ship was only allowed to refuel on its way to Dubai.
Police and border force officials patrolled the dock to ensure no passengers – mainly Europeans – and crew left the ship.